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A monochrome look that's anything but beige

A monochrome look that's anything but beige

That '90s staple, monochromatic makeup is back—but instead of tones of taupe and beige, the trend's new incarnation calls for color. "I wanted this look to be fresh and youthful while still having a little color pop," says Kate Synnott, the makeup artist who dreamed up this cross between a classic English Rose and the modern ingenue. The trick to making a single color theme work? Experiment with different textures and finishes. Here, eyes shimmer, cheeks are dewy, and lips are matte. It all adds up to a look that's at once sweetly nostalgic and wholly of-the-moment. Below, Synnott's guide to creating it yourself.


I wanted this look to be fresh and youthful while still having a little color pop.



To create a luminous complexion, Synnott applied Nars Sheer Glow Foundation all over before adding Clé de Peau Concealer to smooth over any imperfections. Buffing a hint of Glossier Cloud Paint in Puff—a cool-toned candy floss pink—gave cheeks some extra life, while a few dabs of Chantecaille Liquid Lumière in Sheen (nicely blended, of course) along upper cheekbones created a subtle light-reflecting effect.


Strong eye makeup deserves a powerful frame. Synnott brushed brows upward and set them with MAC Eye Brows Styler Pencil. As for those multidimensional pink lids? Credit goes to three shadows in the KKW Beauty x Winnie Eyeshadow Palette. A base of Atelier, a metallic rose gold, blanketed lids with color. Blending a pearlescent pink, Confidence, added depth. A touch of Harlow, an icy champagne shade, provided an alluring gleam to the inner corners of the eyes. Finally, to volumize and thicken lashes, Synnott applied KKW Beauty Mascara.




Here, the desired effect is plush and satiny. Synnott neatly outlined lips with Huda Beauty Lip Contour Matte Pencil in Bombshell, then applied Tom Ford Lip Color in Pink Tease—a duo of complementary pinks that play off the eye beautifully.


Now see the look in motion.

Photo and video by Elias Tahan. Makeup by Kate Synnott. Hair by Kylee Heath.

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